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Southeast Texans weigh in on LA Clippers' owner's alleged controversial comments

BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel

You might have had a discussion today about the racist comments reportedly made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The comments are creating headlines across the nation. Even the President has weighed in.

The NBA is investigating whether it is Donald Sterling's voice in the recorded phone conversation with his girlfriend, saying it bothers him she wants to broadcast her association with black people.

The man also tells her not to bring Magic Johnson or other black people to Clippers' basketball games.

Some young athletes in Southeast Texas have their own opinions about the situation.

The NBA, a multimillion dollar industry of dreams.

Everywhere you look, minorities fill the courts and the stands.

In fact, one study shows that 78 percent of NBA players are black.

Here at Lamar University those numbers are mirrored by the players on this court.

"Imagine what if African American's stopped coming to the games? You'd lose over 50-60 percent of the crowd," recreational basketball player, Maxy Nwose says.

Here's some of what the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers allegedly said to his girlfriend after she posted a picture on Instagram with Magic Johnson.

"People call you and tell you that I have black people on my Instagram. And it bothers you." V.Stiviano reportedly said.

"(Donald) Yeah it bothers me a lot that you want to promo... Broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?" Sterling reportedly responded.

Comments these young men playing have mixed feelings about.

"I'm black, I play basketball too, so if someone was to say that about me then yeah I'd be upset too," Aaron Tompkins another rec player said. 

"I mean yes it's incorrect, but racism is a part of life, it happens, as much as we can act like it doesn't exist, it's real," Jonathan Guzman, another rec player says. 

It opens up an uncomfortable conversation about race. Did Donald Sterling have a right to express his opinion?

"very shocking, before those comments were out in the public, I really didn't think people had those type of thoughts," Nwose says. 

"People were killed, African Americans were murdered for trying to learn how to read, people called ni***** everyday people called this and that, treated, lynched, one man says a comment about black people not coming to his game, we're supposed to be angry about, that's petty," Guzman said. 

And no matter what side you stand on, those who love the game say they aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

The NBA is still investigating the validity of the recorded conversation. It's not the first time Sterling has been at the center of a racial controversy.

 

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